What's On Scotland 8-15 Oct: Pleasance Sessions

Zap by Anna Docherty | 08 Oct 2015
  • Blanck Mass
1. MUSIC | The Pleasance Sessions: The Skinny Presents...
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh. 10 Oct, 8pm, £10 (£6) here

We (aye, us, your friendly neighbourhood The Skinny) get in on The Pleasance Sessions musical mini-fest action for a third year running, curating a stage's worth of treats on the Saturday evening, with Blanck Mass – aka Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons (pictured) – top of the bill, alongside stellar support from Outblinker, BDY_PRTS, and RM Hubbert. Cast your eyes here for the full festival programme.
2. FILM | Scotland Loves Anime
Various venues, Scotland. 9-25 Oct, various times, tickets here

Japanese animation showcase par excellence – that'd be Scotland Loves Anime, of course – returns for its sixth year, spider-webbing across Glasgow (9-11 Oct), Edinburgh (12-19 Oct), and, for the first time, Aberdeen (24 & 25 Oct), with programme highlights including Annecy Jury Prize-winner Miss Hokusai (pictured), the European premiere of two-part adaptation Attack on Titan, and Empire Corpses just a week after its official opening in Japan. Read our full preview here.
3. FILM | All Night Horror Madness 10
Grosvenor Cinema, Glasgow. 10 Oct, 11pm, £19.50 (£17.50) here

The scare-fest that is All Night Horror Madness returns, marking its 10th screening with the suitably special (read: extra demented) line-up of low budget masterpiece The Evil Dead (pictured), 80s sci-fi/horror The Hidden, gory classic Pieces, an uncut US print of Zombie Flesh Eaters, plus a surprise film. Also at Edinburgh's Cameo the following week (17 Oct), for which you can win tickets by sending your creepiest horror trailer to zap@theskinny.co.uk.
4. MUSIC | Scottish Alternative Music Awards
The Garage, Glasgow. 8 Oct, 6.30pm, £10 (£6) here

The SAMAs return for their annual awards bash, again appraising the best of the bunch of alternative Scottish talent – among them SAY award-winner Kathryn Joseph up for Best Live Act, local rockers Catholic Action in the Rock/Alternative category, and BDY_PRTS in the running for Best Electronic award. Live sets from Holy Esque (pictured), Crash Club, and wecamefromwolves seal the deal. Peruse the shortlist here.
5. CLUBS | La Cheetah Club's 6th Birthday: Part 1
La Cheetah Club, Glasgow. 9 Oct, 11pm, £13 here

Ripening to the grand old age of six, Glasgow clubbing haven La Cheetah celebrates with not one, but two parties! Part one this Friday sees 'em welcome Detroit house don Omar S (pictured) for a return visit (following his club debut in May), taking control of the decks for a three-hour set, with support from residents Dom D'Sylva and Wardy. Plus, 4am license beware. All eyes on the club's website for details of part two being revealed soon.
ADVERTISEMENT | Whole Foods Market Giffnock, 17 Oct

The Whole Foods Market Giffnock celebrates the best of autumn with its first Love Autumn Festival on Saturday 17 October. Hot food stalls include fire roasted chestnuts, corn on the cob, hearty stews, paella, and pumpkin pie, plus hot mulled cider to wash it down. There will also be various market stalls selling local and seasonal produce, alongside pumpkin decorating for the kids and a beer tent with live music in the evening. Free entry, noon-7pm (market ends 4pm). Plus, the first 25 Skinny readers to go to their customer service desk and mention 'The Skinny' will get a free goodie bag!
6. FILM | Dancing with Maria
The Glad Cafe, Glasgow. 14 Oct, 8pm, £5 (£3) here

One of the world's largest social justice festivals, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival returns for its 9th year, with an early highlight of this year's sprawling programme being the Scottish premiere of Dancing with Maria – a documentary on 90-year-old Argentinian dancer Maria Fux, who has spent her life training dancers of all abilities. Also showing at Edinburgh's Filmhouse the following week (19 Oct). Watch the trailer here.
7. MUSIC | Limbo
The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh. 10 Oct, 8pm, from £4 here

Longstanding Edinburgh gig-in-a-club night Limbo marks the month afore its duo of 8th birthday celebrations (7 and 28 Nov, in case you wanna diary them now) with an October outing in its regular home of The Voodoo Rooms, joined by a headline set from Edinburgh new wavers Dead Boy Robotics (pictured) previewing tracks from their forthcoming LP, with support from Roy's Iron DNA and Miracle Strip. The Black Spring DJs then play you towards bedtime.
8. FILM | Jarman Award
CCA, Glasgow. 8 Oct, 6.30pm, free (but ticketed) here

Your annual chance to swat up on some of the most exciting emerging voices in filmmaking comes around as the films nominated for the Jarman Award tour the UK, alighting at Glasgow's CCA for single screen pieces by each of the shortlisted artists – including Gail Pickering, Bedwyr Williams, and Alia Syed (who'll also be in attendance for a Q&A session). The winner of the £10,000 will then be announced on 30 Nov. See more October film highlights here.
9. FILM | Mark Cousins presents... Aferim!
Filmhouse, Edinburgh. 14 Oct, 8.30pm, £9 (£7.20) here

Film director-cum-critic Mark Cousins unveils a new international film season focusing on Romanian work – under the banner Mark Cousins presents... – opening with a screening of Silver Bear-winner (for Best Director) Aferim!, marking its second outing in the UK after its debut at BFI London Film Festival a few days earlier. Director Rada Jude will be on hand for a Skype Q&A following the screening.
10. FOOD & DRINK | Something Brewing
bakery247, Glasgow. 12 Oct, 11.30am, free


Having taught us how to make traditional Chinese dumplings last month (as part of the 'Cooking Pot' project), this month the CCA turns its attention to the humble cuppa for the delightful-sounding Something Brewing – teaming up with the tea experts at Tchai Ovna for an experimental blending and tasting session, with bakery247 on hand to help find the perfect tea blend to partner a quintessential 'Glasgow Loaf'. Slurp, nibble, repeat.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Outblinker – Orange (playing The Pleasance Sessions this Saturday)

Competitions & Reader Offers


The Skinny 10th Birthday tickets: Win a pair of 'golden tickets' to our 10th birthday at The Mash House (16 Oct), with complimentary gin, pizza and more. Entries to rsvp@theskinny.co.uk marked 'Golden Ticket'. Closes 15 Oct.
Protoje tickets: Win a pair of tickets to see reggae chap Protoje at O2 ABC in Glasgow (15 Oct). Closes 13 Oct.
All Night Horror Madness tickets: Win a pair of tickets to the 10th anniversary of All Night Horror Madness at the Cameo (17 Oct) by sending your scariest horror trailer to zap@theskinny.co.uk. Closes 16 Oct.


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